General Chat Thread, Stephen Hawking looking for Technical Assistant. Must be good with Windows XP! in General; Anyone interested?
Link : www.hawking.org.uk/index.php/component/content/article/96
If you're proficient at repairing customized hardware and want to work side-by-side with one of ...
30th December 2011, 02:15 AM #1
Stephen Hawking looking for Technical Assistant. Must be good with Windows XP!
If you're proficient at repairing customized hardware and want to work side-by-side with one of the greatest living physicists, there's job opening at the University of Cambridge that might interest you. Stephen Hawking is looking for a new graduate assistant, though the job posting notes this postion might be better described as "technical assistant," as the main functions are to help Hawking function as a public speaker and professor. While there's a number of more mundane tasks such as maintaining travel schedules and preparing lecture graphics, there's also the noteworthy task of "develop[ing] and maintain[ing]... Professor Hawking's communication and speech systems."
Hawking's "black box" computer system consists of a Windows XP laptop attached to his chair, powered by the wheelchair's batteries. It also has a 3G card for constant Internet access, and remotes designed for home automation: Hawking can open his doors, turn on lights, and control his home theater. Applicants will need to service this complicated setup on-the-fly without any sort of documentation or guidelines, so a high degree of electronics knowledge and computer literacy are required. While the job hasn't been officially posted, Professor Hawking's website is letting prospective candidates pre-submit information; it doesn't count as an official application but may help filter qualified candidates from the flood of applications that are sure to come. (Source
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30th December 2011, 02:54 PM #2
Windows XP, oh dear I thinks he needs to get that upgraded its getting a bit long in the tooth!
30th December 2011, 03:32 PM #3
I looked at this and wished I had the skills to satisfy it but its not really my area and besides, comparitivly I'd feel like a housepet in comparison to the kind of intelect required to come up with the stuff that he has come up with. I can only wish that I was that smart and do quite often. While I can still, kind of remember XP my dev skills are not quite up to it and given my level of mathmatical mastery I would feel like a chimp at the zoo.
Last edited by SYNACK; 30th December 2011 at 03:55 PM.
31st December 2011, 06:42 PM #4
No, he just has a different type of intellect, and he is actually human - when I lived in Cambridge I bumped in to him a few times at the cinema and outside the kebab shop near King's College. I looked at applying for this job a while ago, when I was fresh out of university, and I reckon that working in a school would be pretty good experience - you need to be a general jack-of-all-trades and good at dealing with people.
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